Naples-area gas prices up 7 cents per gallon in last week

— Average retail gasoline prices in Naples have risen 7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.48 per gallon Sunday, according to

Likewise, the national average for gas prices has increased 7.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34 per gallon, according to the website.

Gas prices in Naples on Sunday were 33.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.7 cents per gallon during the last month and is 27 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"Gas prices are rising across much of the nation as Iran has continued to threaten closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for global oil shipments," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for "Think back to the days following the start of the crisis in Libya — an event that also rattled energy markets. We're seeing similar emotions play out even though there hasn't yet been a disruption to supply. I would blame emotion for the recent uptick in gasoline prices, nothing else.”

In the past two weeks, gas prices increased 12 cents in Florida, according to the AAA's gas price survey. Tampa-based is predicting that the trend is headed toward $4-a-gallon gasoline just before summer in Florida, said spokesman Gregg Laskoski.

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